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Are SSDs the new RAM for boosting system performance?

  1. #41


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    a 2TB self powered USB3 drive seems to me the best system for a laptop which only has room for 1 HDD. Get an SSD for the OS and use the external drive -- the "passport" lines are about the size of an Iphone4 or Samsung smart phone ( a bit thicker of course).

    If you don't want to carry an external drive just get a micro 32 GB SD card with an SD==>micro SD adapter - nearly all the laptops I've seen these days have an SD card slot so this gives you 32 GB of local temporary storage at ZERO weight if you need it. Personally I always take the drive as well.

    seems to me you get the best performance like this - USB3 devices are incredibly fast as well -- 10 times faster than USB2 although in practice you'll get nearer 5 to 6 with the cheaper self powered drives -- still a HUGE improvement.

    A 250 GB SSD is probably sufficient even if you run a Virtual machine or two -- I started with a 120 GB Samsung SSD --these are now quite cheap --at least half the price that I originally paid -- technology always works like that though

    I use the external drive since I want a decent music and film collection when I'm travelling and I travel fairly frequently -- don't know where YOU live but these days TV just seems to be in terminal decline wherever you go --loads of boring "Celebs", endless ridiculous "Reality shows", puerile quizzes that any self respecting 6 year old could answer and incessant boring commercials. Now I have my OWN programs. !!


    Did I regret buying SSD drives.

    Absolutely not.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #42


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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    In 20-odd years, I've only had one hard disk failure, an ancient 5GB Maxtor in a Pentium 2.

    Must just be lucky...

    Then again, I don't bump and throw them all over the place when they're running.


    BTW, does anyone remember the 'Park' command?
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  3. #43


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    In 20-odd years, I've only had one hard disk failure, an ancient 5GB Maxtor in a Pentium 2.

    Must just be lucky...

    Then again, I don't bump and throw them all over the place when they're running.


    BTW, does anyone remember the 'Park' command?
    I haven't gone to a ssd but yes I do remember the park command
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  4. #44


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    There's pretty much nothing worth watching on TV in Australia. Fortunately I don't require the space on my tablet, which came with a 320GB HDD (but can increase that to about 750GB), but now sports a 128GB SSD, but it also has USB 3.0/2.0 ports, full SD port as well as an internal mini PCI-E port, so I'm pretty well covered when it comes to storage.

    One day I may look at getting an SSD for my desktop, but every time I think about it, I come to the conclusion that I'm not in that much of a hurry.

    I thought all HDDs, for years now, have been designed to park automatically when inactive.
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  5. #45


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    There's pretty much nothing worth watching on TV in Australia. Fortunately I don't require the space on my tablet, which came with a 320GB HDD (but can increase that to about 750GB), but now sports a 128GB SSD, but it also has USB 3.0/2.0 ports, full SD port as well as an internal mini PCI-E port, so I'm pretty well covered when it comes to storage.

    One day I may look at getting an SSD for my desktop, but every time I think about it, I come to the conclusion that I'm not in that much of a hurry.

    I thought all HDDs, for years now, have been designed to park automatically when inactive.
    Hi there
    see you are from 'OZ but was in a "Brit" ex pat bar in Brussels over the weekend -- LOVED the Rugby England vs New Zealand -- amazing that the lads from 'OZ where supporting the Poms against the mighty NZ ("All Blacks") team.

    I know more about Football than Rugby but revelled in the absolutely raucous atmosphere in the Bar during the game - always knew there were loads of Brits in Brussels -- but never realized how many guys from 'OZ and NZ were working in Brussels too. -- great atmosphere !!!.

    (6 nations Pub --rue du Getry -- Bruxelles 1000 - Brilliant pub with free Wifi etc).

    Saw some guys there also with the new Windows 8 Phones --these looked fine too -- and they actually worked !!.

    Have a good evening -- first time in my life have I seen 'Aussies actually cheering on the Poms !!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    When it comes to NZ vs anyone else, Aussies will support anyone else.

    Cheers

    Ray
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  7. #47


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    I thought all HDDs, for years now, have been designed to park automatically when inactive.

    They have been, you are correct.

    But before then, there was the DOS command 'Park' which you'd run before shut-down.
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  8. #48


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I do remember the Park command, but I can't remember when that was last required.
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  9. #49


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    Windows 8 Pro


    i'm all for technology marching on, I've never personally had any storage medium fail on me, be it spinner or SSD's and as such I just look at whats viable financially at the time from a speed and financial pov and use that.

    also I don't really use desktop computing anymore at home, so smaller is better and for that SSD's cant be touched

    at work we see HDD's fail instantly, after brief amount of use or sometimes they never fail in service life and we use stuff till it breaks, I still have PATA 20Gb drives out on site running ancient pc's that are seeing very low I/O but constant use and few power cycles and they are still rocking.

    SSD's are less widely used and so in terms of commercial environment I haven't really got a view on them from a reliability pov, as said tho, from home use they have been fantastic :-)
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  10. #50


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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    I do remember the Park command, but I can't remember when that was last required.

    From memory, I think DOS 5 was the last OS with the command.

    Pretty sure it was gone by V6.20
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